March 26, 2013
STORRS, Conn.– The UConn lacrosse team returned to Storrs on Tuesday afternoon and took down Oregon in a 16-14 overtime thriller at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. The Huskies now sport a 7-1 (0-1 BE) record and the Ducks have now lost four straight falling to 4-5 on the season.
Freshman mid Carly Palmucci lifted the Huskies to victory with a team-high five points coming on four goals and an assist, including the overtime game-winning goal. Palmucci is now second on the team with 27 points, third in goals (17) and second in assists (10).
It was a back-and-forth battle on Tuesday for the Huskies and the Ducks with UConn outshooting the Ducks 31-28 and winning 18 out of 34 draw controls. The first half featured several runs which began with a Connecticut 3-0 run to open the contest, the Ducks replying with their own 3-0 move to even the game at 3-3 before the Huskies took a 6-3 advantage with 7:46 remaining in the opening half. The teams continued to exchange goals and Connecticut entered the half with a 7-5 lead.
With the Huskies holding a 10-6 advantage with 24:41 left in regulation the Ducks went on a 7-2 run to take a 13-12 lead with 10:10 remaining.
Oregon was hanging on to a 14-13 lead when senior Catherine Gross tied the game at 2:29 pushing the game into overtime. The Huskies dominated possession in the extra time scoring back-to-back goals as Palmucci scored the game-winner and Morgan O’Reilly sealed the deal setting the final score at 16-14.
Marya Fratoni jumped to 2-0 on the season after playing 36 minutes and making seven saves. Also finding the back of the net multiple times for the Huskies was Kacey Pippitt with three goals, Gross finished with three, Ally Fazio with two scores, Lauren Kahn with two goals and O’Reilly ended the game with two.
Next up for Connecticut is a conference road match at Rutgers on Friday at 3 p.m.